“Seymour Hersh: U.S. Helped Plan Israeli War Plans, Cheney ‘Convinced’ Assault on Lebanon Could Serve as Prelude to Preemptive Attack on Iran” is the title of a piece at Democracy Now! who interviews Hersh about his New Yorker article entitled Watching Lebanon. In the Democracy Now! interview, Hersh discusses one of the U.S.’s plans for Iran, which looks like the Israeli bombing of Lebanon:
So when you watch what Israel did in its opening salvo, the first targets, I remember vividly, was — and everybody should — they took out the civilian airstrip. They took away civilian — the ability to use aircraft to travel. They took out highways. They took out roads. They took out petrol stations. They basically isolated Southern Lebanon. But I think part of the reason they did so much damage to the infrastructure was they believed — and I think the Israelis have been very clear about it — that the Christian population and the Sunni population — don’t forget Hezbollah is Shia — would rise up against Hezbollah, and it would be a great feather in the cap, etc., etc., etc.